Morgenster Reserve 2011 – the best of the best
30 September 2015
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Welcome back to the next edition of Old Mutual Live, I’m Brad Brown, great things start here, great things start now and a short while ago we spoke to Henry Kotze from Morgenster about one of the wines that they are releasing this month and there’s another one that’s coming out as well, which has also gained some critical acclaim. Henry, welcome back onto Old Mutual Live, nice to catch up, thanks for your time today.
Henry Kotze: Ja, great to be back, thanks Brad.
BB: Henry, let’s chat a little bit about the Morgenster, last time we spoke we spoke about the Morgenster Lourens River Valley, but you’ve got another wine that’s being released, the launch was done a while ago, but it’s available very soon, the Morgenster Reserve 2011, it’s another one that you are particularly proud of?
HK: Absolutely! The Morgenster Reserve is the best of the best. So, to say that I’m proud is an understatement. This is what I work for, the Reserve is the best we can produce in any specific vintage. It doesn’t always come out, every specific vintage because sometimes we just feel that the quality isn’t up there and that’s all it is. It’s all about the quality, there’s no compromise on the Reserve. I’m really proud of the ’11.
BB: You make an important point there, sometimes it doesn’t, sometimes it does, this time it has and what can people expect if they pick up a bottle of the Morgenster Reserve 2011?
What you can expect from the 2011
HK: Well, firstly looking at the blend quickly, it’s 60% Merlot, 20-20 Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. So no Cabernet Franc in the blend, it was just a fantastic blending process to get to this specific blend cause the Merlot just outshone everything and 2011 was a, let’s say a pretty stressful vintage. If you talk about water, we didn’t have a lot of it, so the grapes were really concentrated and Merlot’s were just fantastic, out of this world.
The blending process obviously, you have to produce something that’s so much better than just a single individual component and the Cab that we’ve put there and the Petit Verdot just added so much to the Merlot. Even though stand-alone the Merlot was fantastic, blended together with the Cab and Petit, which gives spice and warmth, beautiful backbone and girth, it was just an unbelievable wine, or it is an unbelievable wine.
Looking at the wine itself, if you open a bottle, you’ve got to leave it a few hours just to breathe because it’s so young and it’s going to, it’s a wine that you can lay down for 20-25 years without a problem, if you’ve got the patience for it.
BB: I was going to ask you that. It is a fairly young wine, 2011, but you reckon 20 years, like you say, if you’ve got the patience for it, it’s well worth the wait.
A Reserve is well worth waiting on
HK: Absolutely, for sure, it’s definitely. One of the wines that we have as our sort of current release from the farms, 2001 and 2003 Morgenster Reserve and those wines are young, they are drinking absolutely wonderfully. But they can still go another 10 and that’s the wonderful thing of this site of Morgenster and being able to age these wines. You can see the wines just evolve and changing into something different and just giving you so much more than in its youth.
It’s great to know what it’s like when it starts out, that’s why we try and release a wine every four years and to get people to know, from a young age of the wine what it’s like. But also to get people to taste it as the wine progresses years and years down the line and that’s exciting. That’s what makes, not only wine making but wine collecting and enjoyment exciting.
BB: Without a doubt and this one, as I said, will be available from September. So if you want to get your hands on it, most decent wine retailers should have it, you can find out more about that, but you can also buy it online through Morgenster as well. We’ll pop the details to that website on the show notes to this episode of Old Mutual Live. Henry, thank you so much once again for your time, best of luck and we look forward to catching up again soon.
HK: Great, thanks Brad, cheers.